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Competitive/HP Tryouts
 

Fall Tryouts for the 2021-22 season

Registration Opens August 24 at noon

Tryouts start 11 Sept 2021 

For the safety of all, everyone must follow provincial and municipal COVID restrictions. Accordingly, based on reduced numbers allowed in the gym, onlookers will not be allowed in the gym again this year.

CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE location & times: (last update 4 Sept 2021) 


How do I register?

Make sure your registration information includes a valid email address that you check regularly. Once you register for tryouts, your email address becomes part of the communication network through TeamSnap.

Registration is a 2 step process:

  1. Maverick TeamSnap Registration – CLICK HERE for TeamSnap registration. Registration opens Aug 24 at noon and closes on Sept 9th, 2021 at 9pm.
  2. OVA MRS Registration (*see below for more info) – bring proof to the signin desk at your first session.

No walk-ins will be accepted due to strict protocols. You must be pre-register with Maverick plus bring proof of OVA registration. 

Do NOT register the athlete more than once. Tryouts for different program levels are covered under the same registration. Sign up for the age division that you feel best suits your child's abilities and drive.

When

Tryouts will take place on Sept 11, 12, 18, 19 & 25th.

The tryout schedule is subject to change, please check online. The date of any updates will be indicated above the table.

Click here for the full tryout schedule.

Where

Tryouts will be held at three locations: the Rideau Sports Centre (1 Donald St); La Cité (801 Aviation Parkway); and the RA Centre (2451 Riverside Drive). Details will be posted on the schedule as soon as it's ready. See the tryout schedule for more specifics.

Cost

• Aug 24 - Sept 3: $50 per athlete

• Sept 4-9: $55 per athlete

This fee includes one hour of physical testing, up to 6 hours of court time for skills assessment, and a T-shirt.

We endeavour to keep our tryout fees as low as possible, however costs have increased due to the lack of public facilities at this time. We will get back into school gyms as soon as permitted. Mavericks is a registered not-for-profit and budgets are based on cost recovery. There are no refunds of the tryout fee for any reason.

Tryout Schedule

The tryout schedule is posted here. Please check back frequently as changes may occur.

COVID Protocols

Visit the COVID-19 page for the Maverick position on vaccinations. Visit this link for a complete list of COVID protocols for tryouts.

Bring your OVA 'tryout player' registration

For insurance purposes, in addition to registering with the Maverick Club, athletes must also register as a tryout player in the Ontario Volleyball Association's (OVA) Member Registration System (MRS)

  • This system is now open and functional.
  • Athletes should register as a 'tryout player ' (no cost).
  • Liability waivers and COVID waivers will be signed directly in the MRS.
  • MRS registration link: https://mrs.ontariovolleyball.org/Account/Login
  • Proof of MRS registration will be required at the door at your first tryout session.
  • Once selected to a team, at least one parent/guardian must complete the OVA's Respect in Sport certification before competing at an OVA tournament. Keep your certification number, this is a one-time process – if you have already completed the RIS requirement in a previous year (or with another sport or club), it is valid, and you simply enter your RIS number into the MRS every year.

Here is a screen capture of the welcome page you will receive from the OVA after registration. Each athlete's name will appear on this page. Show this at the Maverick sign-in desk when you first arrive.

Email kara@maverickvolleyball.ca with questions.

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ATTENTION

Make sure your registration information includes a valid email address that you check regularly. Once you register for tryouts, your email address becomes part of the communication network through TeamSnap.

Offers: Coaches begin to offer roster positions after completion of assessment. (Parents/athletes then have a response window of 36 hours in which to accept)

Deposit: Immediately upon signing with the Maverick Volleyball Club, all athletes will be required to pay a $350 deposit towards their team fees and arrange payment information for monthly invoicing. Full instructions will be sent to athletes selected to teams.

Monthly Fees: Total fees vary by team and are determined based on the level (competitive or high performance), and other factors that are specific to each team. In the case of High Performance teams, parent groups can influence the number of tournaments and other expenses in conjunction with their coach. Families can choose between installment payments or payment in full, however, all fees must be paid in full before the regular season ends (before Provincials).

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FEEDBACK FROM A PARENT AFTER 2020 TRYOUTS:

"My daughter did attend both sessions. She really appreciated that there is one more chance to demonstrate her skills. She felt that she performed better on the second day because she knew the drills better and because coaches asked her to demonstrate more enthusiasm!"   – Parent

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FAQs

• What if I miss a tryout?

If for any valid reason, an athlete misses any tryout session, they must contact the Head Coach of that age division. Due to the COVID restrictions, there are no makeup dates scheduled. If the athlete misses a session, please contact the head coach of that specific team to determine if there could be another time available for assessment. The Head Coach has final say in these matters and is not obligated in any way to provide additional assessment time. 

If there is a conflict between another Club’s tryout and ours, we recommend that you inform us in advance and we will help you work out any such conflicts to create a solution that maximizes the options for the athlete. 
 

• What age division do I fall into for the 2021/22 season?

The designated age category is based on a player’s birth date, however, an extended date range allows some players to try to play up or down a level, based on the best fit for athlete development. Age categories have been widened under the OVA’s Early Contact Initiative to increase developmentally-appropriate competition opportunities for players.

Age categories now cover a minimum 18-month window.

Age Categories

12U - born in 2009, 2010 or later

13U - born in 2008, 2009 or later

14U Boys - born between Jan 2007 - Dec 2008 or later

14U Girls - born bewteen July 2007 - Dec 2008 or later

15U - born between Sept 2006 - Dec 2007 or later

16U - born between Sept 2005 - Dec 2006 or later

17U - born between Sept 2004 - Dec 2005 or later

18U* - born between Sept 2003* - Dec 2004 or later

*New this year: 19U players (born between Jan 2003 and Aug 2003) can play at the 18U level, provided they are not a part of any OCAA, OUA, USport, CCAA, etc. volleyball team for the 2021-2022 season.
 

How long is a Competitive or HP tournament season?

Normally, the competitive season starts in late-September/October and ends in April/May. Once teams are formed, teams can start to practice. Most competitive teams play up to 4 OVA tournaments (1 day event) plus Provincial and/or Nationals (2-3 day events). HP teams play a few more tournaments (4-5 more), depending on the seasonal budget of each team (which is drafted by the coach following consultation with the parents). More information will be available once teams have been selected. If you have any further questions, please send an email to info@maverickvolleyball.ca.
 

What is the difference between HP and Competitive programs?

The High Performance Program aims to maximize each athlete's individual potential, in combination with team fortitude and cohesion, through the addition of supplemental practice and training methodologies (such as nutrition, mental and strength/agility training). HP teams compete more often, often both interprovincially and internationally. A higher level of time commitment is required. Players must learn to manage practice time and schoolwork to ensure their marks allow them to be selected for a post-secondary university or college. All HP teams are expected to compete at Volleyball Canada National Championships.

 Any athlete not selected to an HP team will be encouraged to continue tryouts in the Competitive stream (no additional cost). Be aware that the HP program is geared for a progression to varsity post-secondary recruitment. Any athlete in the HP stream can opt to change to the competitive stream at any point during the tryout process (again no additional tryout cost).

The Competitive Program is designed for athletes who wish to play the sport at a serious competition level – but with fewer tournaments and without the supplemental training mentioned above. Competition is usually centred on the OVA schedule. Supplemental local and regional tournaments may be added. Comp teams have the option of competing at Volleyball Canada Nationals in the spring. 
 

What age groups have Competitive-level teams?

The Maverick Volleyball Club fields gender-specific competitive teams at all age groups from 12U to 15U girls, and 13U to 15U boys, plus older age groups to 18U where sufficient numbers exist.
 

What age groups have HP-level teams?

The Maverick Volleyball Club prides itself in following the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model, and therefore we only offer HP teams at the "train to compete" level and above. We offer HP programs for the following:

Girls: 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U.
Boys: 16U, 17U, 18U.
 

How much does it cost to be on a Competitive (Comp) team?

As a not-for-profit organization, Maverick team fees are cost-recovery only. Club fees set by the Club Financial Officer cover all fixed operating costs, such as: OVA player registration and tournament entry fees, uniform shorts, socks, kneepads and practice T's, coaching, and practice requirements (gyms, balls, equipment), and year-end celebration for the athlete. Any additional competitions, travel and accommodation are "pay as you go" based on the parent-approved season plan. At the end of the season, budgets will be reconciled and any remaining balance will returned to the parents (or shortages will be invoiced).
 

How much does it cost to be on a High Performance (HP) team?

Maverick HP fees are set by each individual team, within Club parameters, and must achieve a zero-based budgeting outcome. Team budgets are set by the coaching staff in cooperation with, and approved by that team's parent group. Budgets include OVA registration fees, all tournament entry fees (including Nationals and international or interprovincial play), travel and accommodation to all tournaments, practice requirements (gyms, balls, equipment), team gear, coaching, supplemental training (strength and conditioning, nutrition, sport psychology experts). Before the end of the season, budgets will be reconciled and any remaining balance will returned to the parents (or shortages will be due before Provincials).

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THE MAVERICK VOLLEYBALL CLUB STRIVES TO OFFER AS MANY PLAYING OPPORTUNITIES AS POSSIBLE FOR COMPETITIVE ATHLETES. FROM YEAR TO YEAR WE MAY EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTY IN FINDING ENOUGH QUALITY COACHES TO RUN THESE PROGRAMS, WHICH LEADS TO THE CANCELLATION OF SOME TEAMS, AND THIS YEAR IS NO DIFFERENT. PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR ANY CHANGES REGARDING TEAMS WE WILL BE OFFERING FOR THE CURRENT SEASON.

Interested in coaching or assistant coaching positions?

The Maverick Volleyball Club accepts coaching applications year round. Visit our Coaching application page for more information. 

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